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Dawson County political races draw numerous early qualifiers

The political signs started popping up months ago as numerous men and women vowed to run for local office.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


A Trump town: ‘The Donald’ wins Dawson

Turn on the national news, scroll through social media or try to watch one of your favorite TV shows, and you'll undoubtedly see one of the many political campaigns fighting for your attention and your vote.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville hears annexation request

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday night heard the first reading of a request to annex nearly 80 acres of county land into the city limits.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Local woman declares bid for tax commissioner

Karin McKee hopes the second time is the charm in her run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GOP candidates surface to oppose Congressman Doug Collins

Two candidates have emerged to oppose U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville in the May 24 Republican primary.

February 25, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner

A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix has announced she will seek a fifth term.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


County honors longtime planning commission chairman

After more than a decade a chairman of the Dawson County Planning Commission, Dick Bergen conducted his last meeting on Feb. 16.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Meet and greet planned for Thursday

The public is invited to join Dawson County Commissioners on Thursday as they hold a meet and greet for newly appointed County Manager Randy Dowling.

February 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville mayor receives certificate of distinction

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) Annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.

February 17, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Lifelong resident announces bid for tax commissioner

A lifelong Dawson County resident has thrown his hat into the race to be Dawson County's next tax commissioner.

February 17, 2016 | By Amy French afrench@dawsonnews.com | Government


House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage

Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.

February 12, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles

One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House for a vote.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Former city councilman will run for county commission seat

Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and chief operating officer.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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Citizen government academy class graduates

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the newest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 23, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commissioners defund development authority

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted during a special called meeting last week to approve the 2017 county budget, which includes defunding the local ...

November 16, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Gaines elected District 2 Commissioner

Former city councilman Chris Gaines has been elected Dawson County District 2 Commissioner.

November 16, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Chris Gaines elected District 2 Commissioner

Dawson County election results are in and Republican Chris Gaines (R) has been declared District 2 Commissioner, beating out Independent Robert Wiley.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Bob Bolz offered city manager position

The city council voted Monday to offer the vacant city manager position to Bob Bolz after releasing the names of the final three applicants early ...

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County ambulance billing rates to increase

Commissioners approved a revision last week to Dawson County's ambulance billing ordinance that will increase the rates that patients are charged per ride.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


More 2017 road work proposed

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved an application for county money to be used to repair several roads in Dawson County.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Election 2016 Preview: County to select District 2 commissioner next week

With early voting winding down, Dawson County residents are well on their way to having one of the best turnouts in recent memory.

November 02, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Early voting running smoothly

Early voting is underway and the first week was smooth sailing according to Dawson County Board of Elections Chairwoman and Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson.

October 26, 2016 | | Government


Commission holds first of two budget hearings

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings last week on the proposed 2017 county budget.

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Council announces top city manager candidates

Council members intend to vote next month to hire a new city manager.

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


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